Healthy baked purple sweet potato chips

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This is a simple recipe for purple sweet potato chips. A great healthy and delicious recipe that is very easy lớn make. These purple sweet potato chips are special, different, và fun for the whole family!

My affair with purple sweet potato started a few years ago… I was walking around the farmer’s market and noticed a vegetable that I’d never seen before. I knew that it was a potato but nothing other than that.

Of course, I had to try it so I bought a few & headed home. Và then I completely forgot about the potatoes… That year, I tried lớn sprout a regular orange sweet potato so I could plant the slips in the garden và it didn’t work. The potato refused khổng lồ sprout… và then I remembered that I purchased those purple looking potatoes at the market…

Purple Sweet Potato Chips…


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I placed a couple of them in water và what bởi you know!? A few weeks later I had so many slips lớn plant in the garden. That year I was able to lớn produce a whole lot of potatoes from the couple that I bought at the farmer’s market and it was time lớn try & cook my purple sweet potatoes.

I fell completely in love with this vegetable! If you follow me here on the blog you’ve probably noticed that I prefer my food with less sugar… I make my jams with much less sugar than the traditional amount (like this sugar-free strawberry jam and peach jam, mulberry jam, and fig jams), I make my bread with less sugar (like this pumpkin bread, zucchini bread, or strawberry bread)…

I love sweets all right… But I don’t lượt thích that the sweetness is overpowering the other tastes. Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that purple sweet potatoes are not as sweet as the common orange sweet potatoes. They are still plenty sweet for me & they are dense & creamy & filling.

Since that year, I’ve been growing purple sweet potatoes on and off & trying a few different recipes like baked purple sweet potato, mashed purple sweet potato, và roasted purple sweet potato. I love them all & today I want to nội dung with you a new one… Purple sweet potato chips!

These purple sweet potato chips are easy và fun và healthy và delicious. It’s a great snack to lớn make that the whole family is going lớn love! Let’s start with a little bit of background in case this vegetable is new khổng lồ you…


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What is a Purple Sweet Potato?

There are three different varieties of purple sweet potatoes (there might be more but these are the main ones)…

Okinawan Purple Sweet Potato– has a whitish skin và purple flesh. It is believed lớn have come khổng lồ the Philippines and trung quốc area from South America around 1490. The plant reached nhật bản around 1600 & was initially planted in the island of Okinawa before farmers all over nhật bản started growing the crop.Somehow, this potato ended up in Hawaii and became an important part of Hawaiian culture. This is where it is cultivated today for the American market & therefore it’s known today as Hawaiian Purple Sweet Potato.

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Molokai Purple Sweet Potato– these are purple on the outside & purple on the inside and were developed on the island of Hawaii. I’ve never tried them but it sounds like they are very similar in shape & taste lớn the Stokes potato.Stokes Purple Sweet Potato– this variety has purple skin and a deep purple flesh. They are dense, a little dry, very very healthy, and a little less sweet than the orange potato we know.They are an American made potato, originated in Stoke County, NC, but are now grown mainly in central California. As far as I understand, a mysterious woman gave a farmer from NC some potato slips many years ago. He planted them & ended up with purple sweet potatoes.He liked them so much that he kept growing them và eventually they were registered under the name Stokes potatoes. These are the ones that I am growing.

You can make purple sweet potato chips from all of these varieties in the same way.

Purple Sweet Potato Health Benefits…

Aside from being tasty, sweet and creamy, these tubers are very healthy! Purple sweet potatoes are low in carbohydrates & fat & are a great source of vitamins lượt thích vitamin A and C & fiber.

They are also a great source for calcium and potassium, but maybe the greatest health benefit of purple sweet potato is their richness inantioxidants. This is a common benefit that all the purple vegetables share.

Where to lớn Buy Purple Sweet Potato…

Now, that’s the main reason lớn grow them yourself! It’s hard to lớn find purple sweet potatoes in stores. As I mentioned before, the first ones I got were from a local farmer but I’ve never seen them in stores & I’ve actually never seen them in the farmers market again…

You might be able lớn find them in Chinese markets but even in our only Chinese market in the closest big city, I couldn’t find them.Online, I found two places…

Anyway, I assume that if you landed on this post chances are that you already have purple sweet potatoes in your possession & that you are ready to lớn make purple sweet potato chips!

Ingredients…

Purple sweet potato – again, you can use any kind of purple sweet potato lớn make chips. I was able lớn fit one medium potato per baking sheet. Olive oil – or, you can use coconut oil instead.

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Seasoning – in this recipe, we are only going to lớn use salt and black pepper. Purple sweet potatoes are very flavorful và I wanted to keep the seasonings to a minimum, however, feel miễn phí to use any seasoning that you’d like. You can try cumin, or paprika, or ground chili for some heat.

Kitchen Tools…

How khổng lồ make Purple Sweet Potato Chips…



Step one – prep the potato. Start with one purple sweet potato. You can make as many as you want of course but one medium potato usually fills one regular baking sheet.



You don’t have khổng lồ peel your potato but I usually do. Then, use a knife or the mandoline lớn slice the potato into really thin slices. If you are using a knife, try to make sure that the slices are even in thickness.



Step two – season the potato. địa chỉ cửa hàng the potato slices to a mixing bowl and địa chỉ one tablespoon of olive oil and salt and black pepper khổng lồ taste. You can get creative here and địa chỉ cửa hàng different seasonings. You can vì chưng cayenne pepper or ground chili pepper if you want to địa chỉ heat khổng lồ your chips. You can địa chỉ cửa hàng garlic powder or onion powder. Just sprinkle whatever seasoning you want right on the potatoes…


Then, use your hands to toss it all together and coat all of the potato slices with the oil and seasonings.


Step three – bake the potato chips. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper và lay the sweet potato slices in one layer on the baking sheet. You can place them really close together, they will shrink a little bit as they bake and dry.

The potato is baked in a preheated 250 degrees F oven for about 70 minutes until they are completely dry. You can try to lớn bake them in a slightly hotter oven but when it comes to drying food usually low and slow is the best way to lớn go. The slices are very thin and it’s easy khổng lồ burn them if you go with a higher temperature. In fact, even if you bake them at 250 degrees F I still recommend to kiểm tra them every 10 minutes or so after the first 30 minutes.

Bake for 30 minutes and then take the baking sheet out of the oven and check your chips. If they are not dry và crispy yet, bake 10 more minutes and check again. For me, it takes about 70 minutes. However, if you sliced your purple sweet potato thinner than I did it might take you less time. Just make sure to check your purple sweet potato chips so they don’t burn. Also, after the first 30 minutes you can use tongs lớn flip the potato slices. This will help them dry faster.


Serving Purple Sweet Potato Chips…

Once your chips are out of the oven, let them cool to lớn room temperature before serving them. Then, I usually serve them one of two ways…

As a snack – purple sweet potato chips are a snack for us. They are much healthier than regular potato chips from the store & much more flavorful in my opinion.

How lớn Store Purple Sweet Potato Chips…

I usually make just enough for us khổng lồ eat fresh. Usually, there aren’t any leftovers for me to store since these are highly addictive! However, if you find yourself with some leftovers, store them in a ziplock bag và keep them at room temperature for a couple of days.

Purple sweet potato chips are easy to make in the oven & are a great snack for the whole family. If you grow your own purple sweet potatoes and store them for the winter, this is an easy & fun way lớn use them. I hope that you’ll give this recipe a try!